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Henry Janzen

For the politician in Ontario, Canada, see Henry L. Janzen.
Henry Janzen
Date of birth: (1940-06-07) June 7, 1940 (age 76)
Place of birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: National
Position(s): DB
College: none - Weston Widcats (Jr.)
As player:
1959-1965 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1965
Awards: 1959 - Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy
Honors: Grey Cup champion - 1959, 61, 62

Henry Janzen (born June 7, 1940) is a former award winning and Grey Cup champion kick returner who played in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1959 to 1965.[1][2]

A native of Winnipeg, Janzen joined his hometown Blue Bombers in 1959 and, with a league leading 499 punt return yards, was winner of the Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy for Canadian rookie of the year in the west.[3][4] He would go on to play 7 seasons, intercepting 14 passes and winning an All-Star berth as a defensive back in 1965 (with 7 interceptions.)[5] As a dependable Canadian back-up and kick returner, he was an indispensable part of three Grey Cup championships.

Janzen later became coach of the University of Manitoba football team, leading the Bisons to back-to-back national championships in 1969 and 70, the first time this was ever accomplished.[6]